Azadeh Moaveni on Modern Iran

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Azadeh Moaveni
Azadeh Moaveni

Iranian-American journalist Azadeh Moaveni watches the anniversary with a special perspective.

Born in California, she went back to Iran as a young woman for Time magazine. She wrote “Lipstick Jihad,” saw the rise of Ahmadinejad, saw Iranian longing for pride and freedom. She fell in love, got pregnant, got married, got out.

This hour, On Point: Azadeh Moaveni and her candid, conflicted view of modern Iran.

You can join the conversation. How do you see Iran? What’s your question about the complex country behind the “death to America” chants? Share your thoughts.Guest:

Joining us from London is Azadeh Moaveni, contributing writer on Iran and the Middle East for Time magazine. She spent two years in Iran, from 2005 to 2007, and just returned from three weeks there at the first of the year. She is author of “Lipstick Jihad” and of “Iran Awakening,” with Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi. Her new book is “Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran.” You can read excerpts at

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In a recent piece for The Wall Street Journal, Moaveni wrote that Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi has been targeted recently by the Ahmadinejad regime.

In The Washington Post, she wrote about Iranians' reactions to Israel's campaign against Hamas in Gaza.

And on a somewhat lighter note, she wrote recently for The New York Times Magazine about her effort to serve alcohol at her Tehran wedding.

This program aired on February 10, 2009.


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